The survey, which asked 2,040 participants their views between June 20th – July 4th, was conducted during a period of time when Interior Minister Horst Seehofer and Chancellor Angela Merkel have been caught in an ongoing conflict about whether – and how – to accept more refugees at the German-Austrian border.
On Tuesday morning Seehofer presented his Migration Masterplan, which lays out stricter rules for refugees entering Germany, including residence requirements at so-called Anchor Centres where sped-up asylum proceedings will determine whether refugees can remain in Germany.
The plan also calls for better controls at EU borders and – within Germany – legal consequences for not attending integration classes.
The survey results also reflected a desire for more stringent requirements for new arrivals in Germany. Only five percent of surveyed Germans felt that immigration proceedings are too strict, while 12 percent think they are handled exactly as they should be.
The survey also showed the lack of confidence in German asylum proceedings: 62 percent of participants felt that their country had accepted too many refugees. Only seven percent felt it accepted too little, while 13 percent thought the country had taken in just the right amount.
Seehofer has advocated for immediately turning away refugees who have already registered in other European countries – last week threatening to resign if his demands were not met – whereas Merkel has pushed to first work out an agreement with other EU countries.
The survey participants also advocated for other EU countries to take on more responsibility. A little over half felt that the UK accepts too little refugees, with 43 percent thinking the same about Denmark and 42 percent about Finland.
A full 39 percent felt that Italy should carry more responsibility than other EU countries, and 35 percent felt that more responsibility rests on the shoulders of Greece.